Friday, December 13, 2013

School Author Visit - Molly Idle

One of my favorite things to do is invite authors to schools.  Watching the interactions between students and an author brings a smile to my face every time.  This time, I had the great opportunity of spending the day with author/illustrator, Molly Idle.

My first stop with Molly was at Don Benito Elementary School in Pasadena.  Here is Molly with her welcome sign.

Principal Julie Reynoso introduces Molly to her Kindergarten and First Grade Students. Everyone was really excited.

Molly kicked off the visit with a slideshow. We learned about how Molly, as a child, had aspirations of becoming a writer and illustrator.

Molly has such a wonderful warm personality and connected beautifully with students.

She gave students a drawing demonstration. Here is a flamingo and a bee.

Students also had a chance to ask Molly questions about writing, and how books are created.  There was a lot of interest in the actual way books are produced.

Molly also got a chance to sign a stack of books.  Thank you Joey and Kris from Once Upon a Time for coming out and helping with book sales.

After the morning visit, Molly and I stopped by The Little Flower Café to pick up lunch. It is one of my favorite places and I think Molly loved it too.  After a quick lunch, Molly had a chance to meet up with a small group of high school students who are interested in careers as illustrators or cartoonists. 

After chatting with the high school students, Molly did another school visit at Norma Coombs Alternative School.  Principal Jennifer Smith introduces Molly to her students.

Molly again shared about her childhood.  I loved the pictures of a very young Molly already showing signs of being a future illustrator.

If you haven't read Tea Rex or Flora and the Flamingo, look for copies at your local independent bookstore.

Thank you Molly for coming out and spending the day with me and several of the schools I work with.